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Sospel coat of arms
Sospel (France)
region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Contes
Community association Riviera Française
Coordinates 43 ° 53 '  N , 7 ° 27'  E Coordinates: 43 ° 53 '  N , 7 ° 27'  E
height 257-1,737 m
surface 62.39 km 2
Residents 3,831 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 61 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 06380
INSEE code


Sospel ( in Provencal "Sospèu" and in Italian "Sospello") is a commune with 3831 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in southeastern France in the Alpes-Maritimes department about 20 kilometers north of Menton , in the Provence-Alpes-Côte region d'Azur . The city is located at about 350 m above sea level on the edge of the Mercantour National Park on the French branch of the Tendabahn and is traversed by the Bévéra river.

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2016
Residents 2321 2582 1828 2171 2592 2885 3394 3815
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


See also: List of Monuments historiques in Sospel

Sospel has a medieval old town. An 11th-century bridge crosses the Bévéra River and has a tower that used to be a customs house. The bridge was badly damaged in 1944 and rebuilt after the war until 1953. The central square is Place Saint-Nicolas with the Saint-Michel cathedral . The church from the middle of the 17th century is a mix of French classical and Italian baroque styles and a Romanesque bell tower from a previous building.

Hiking trails

Sospel is a stage on the French long-distance hiking trail GR 52A , the 'Sentier Panoramique du Mercantour', and on the GR 52 . This is where two Via Alpina paths meet: the 'red path' leads through Sospel, which crosses every single Alpine state in 161 stages from Trieste to Monaco , and the 'blue path' of the Via Alpina, which begins in the Valais Alps , ends .



  • Le Patrimoine des Communes des Alpes-Maritimes . Flohic Editions, Volume 2, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-071-X , pp. 909-924.
  • Sabine Bade, Wolfram Mikuteit, Grande Randonnée 52A. Le Sentier panoramique du Mercantour ., Roxheim 2008, ISBN 978-3-937304-78-6 .
  • Sabine Bade, Wolfram Mikuteit, On the Via Alpina through the Maritime Alps and Ligurian Alps ,, Roxheim, 2008, ISBN 978-3-937304-50-2

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